June 2021

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How to Join the KAS Listserv

KAS has set up a listserv so our members can talk to each other, to share science-related news & announcements, offers, requests, questions and answers. We are excited about fostering more conversations within our scientific community!

 Opt In to the listserv:
Log In at the KAS website (https://kyscience.org/)
In the Member Menu, go to Communication / Message Boards
Click to Opt In to the KAS Member Listserv (and choose the Daily Digest option if  you prefer)
To post to the listserv, send a message to kyscience@memberleap.com

Share your news with KAS members

If you have something to share in the monthly KAS newsletter, get in touch with our Newsletter editor, Mark dela Cerna.

Vaccination continues, but stay vigilant!

Vaccine rollout continues in the state and as of the end of May, close to 1.8 Million Kentuckians have been FULLY vaccinated. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible for vaccination. Sign up for your shot through this link. Please remain vigilant and continue to practice social distancing, when possible #MASKUP.

Importantly, make sure to get your scheduled second shot (if required) to take full advantage of your vaccine! (Note: J&J is single shot). 

Find out more about the vaccines and keep updated by visiting this Corona Virus Vaccine Tracker from the New York Times. For more information about  services and updates in our state, visit the official Team Kentucky COVID-19 source

Annual Meeting at EKU Nov. 5-6

The Kentucky Academy of Science is planning for an in-person meeting at Eastern Kentucky University on November 5-6, 2021.

Mark your calendar and join us - for posters and talks, keynotes, field trips, a planetarium show & other special highlights. Registration will open in August. Watch out for updates through our newsletter and social media or by visiting our website at https://www.kyscience.org/.

Join us as a Sponsor or Exhibitor
The KAS Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to support science education & research in Kentucky. We're seeking sponsors for our:
*Poster Session
*Keynote Speaker
*Breaks & Receptions
*Student Registration discounts
Sponsorship Levels are $100-$2000.

If you have career opportunities available or if you'd like to showcase your business or non-profit organization, join us as an Exhibitor or Advertise in our program.
Email us for more information


BenchTalkLive June 9, 7pm ET: COVID-19

Dr. Christopher Woolverton
Kent State University
US Department of State

A highly pathogenic influenza was anticipated to be the cause of next 21st century pandemic. It was not. A novel coronavirus was, and it caught most of the world by surprise. This discussion will track the natural history of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the mitigation response by a mid-western university. Included will be a discussion of original research on the development of a novel textile as a potential filtering face mask, and the use of silica beads to recycle used, but undamaged, N95 filtering face respirators.

How does higher education respond to a global health crisis? Are you an international student or do you work with international researchers or students? Don't miss this conversation!

For details and registration click here


Free Film Screening in June & Panel on June 16

June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month and  we're offering a free Virtual Screening of Jim Allison: Breakthrough to celebrate this Nobel prize-winning innovation!

Watch the film for free throughout June: 
The password is #CIM21.

Cancer Immunotherapy Panel  & Discussion of the Film
Wednesday June 16, 7pm
Register here
-- We'll talk to some local researchers about the impact of Jim Allison's research
Dr. Siobhan Barone, Thomas More University
Dr. Christine Brainson, UK Markey Cancer Center
Dr. Julia Carter, Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory
Dr. Jeremy Graff, BioThera Pharmaceuticals

The Kentucky Academy of Science is co-hosting this event with the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory.


Summer Science Activities for Families

Summer is upon us! Here, we compile some resources for family-friendly science activities that you can do. Of course, social distancing and mask-wearing still encouraged!

The National Girls' Collaborative Project's The Connectory features a range of STEAM opportunities for K-12 youth. Click here to learn more.

Summer camps will also be hosted by the Kentucky Science Center and the Lexington Living Arts and Science Center. Check out the programs and camps for various age groups organized by KSC by clicking here. Meanwhile, you can click here to register for LASC summer camps.

SciStarter has Citizen Science projects that interested volunteers can get involved with. Also, we have our own KAS Resources for Teachers that has some great activities students and families can do over summer vacation.


KAS is calling on our elected officials in Washington to support robust R&D budgets. The Endless Frontier Act and the NSF for the Future Act are moving through the Senate with a 20% EPSCoR carve-out for NSF and NASA and a boost in funding for rural STEM Education, among other initiatives. Kentucky is an EPSCoR state and would benefit from increased research funding if this were to pass.

Let your voice be heard by contacting our Kentucky Senators. You can find their information by following this link: Contact Kentucky Senators, and by tagging them on Twitter and other social media. You can also write to your representatives by taking action with the Local Science Engagement Network.

Looking for job postings?

School's out! If you're looking for a job be sure to check our Job Listings on the KAS website.

Do you have a job opening to advertise? Send us your announcements, including the closing date and we'll add them to our list.
KAS Newsletter - June 2021